SBK Imola: Sykes At The Double As Series Lead Changes Hands

Tom Sykes completed his second double victory of the season at Imola to move into the lead of the Superbike World Championship. The Kawasaki rider carried his Superpole dominance into Sunday to easily win both races while Sylvain Guintoli suffered his first retirement of the year to lose his advantage.

The result was particularly poignant with Kawasaki’s Joan Lascorz suffering career-ending injuries in a crash during testing here last year and Sykes was keen to dedicate the wins to the popular Spaniard.

“I have had two perfect weekends out of the last three events and for this I am truly happy. I enjoy this circuit so we have made the most of it. A perfect weekend so it could not have been any better. It is a special weekend for many reasons and also the incident last year with my 2012 team-mate Joan Lascorz. There was not one time on any lap when I have exited turn six and not thought about his accident. We are all thinking of Joan and I hope that this is a small, small tribute to him. Both the ZX-10R and myself have been working well. I have every single individual member of the Kawasaki staff and teams to thank, and our great technical sponsors. Without their help I would not be able to showcase myself so I truly am grateful. Hopefully now this is a beginning of a challenge but we will see how we go.”

Guintoli headed into the weekend 28 points ahead but an engine failure in race one wiped out his advantage. The Frenchman did salvage a podium in race two behind Sykes and Jonathan Rea but that wasn’t enough to prevent him falling six points behind in the title chase, losing the lead for the first time since taking it in the season opener.

Eugene Laverty also lost ground after crashing out of third in race two, leaving him with just a third from race one to show for his efforts after being pipped by Davide Giugliano. The BMWs of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies are also now playing catch-up despite solid top six finishes, Melandri narrowly missing out on a brace of podiums with four in each race.


2013 eni Superbike World Championship
Riders Championship Standings After Round Seven – Imola
Pos Rider Bike Team Wins Pts
1  Tom Sykes Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 5 235
2  Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 1 229
3  Eugene Laverty Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 4 190
4  Marco Melandri BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 2 182
5  Chaz Davies BMW BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK 2 154
6  Loris Baz Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 136
7  Jonathan Rea Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 125
8  Michel Fabrizio Aprilia Red Devils Roma 120
9  Davide Giugliano Aprilia Althea Racing 99
10  Leon Camier Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 80
11  Jules Cluzel Suzuki FIXI Crescent Suzuki 77
12  Max Neukirchner Ducati MR-Racing 60
13  Carlos Checa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 59
14  Ayrton Badovini Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 59
15  Leon Haslam Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 42
16  Federico Sandi Kawasaki Pedercini Team 28
17  Ivan Clementi BMW HTM Racing 18
18  Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 15
19  Niccolo Canepa Ducati Team Ducati Alstare 11
20  Alexander Lundh Kawasaki Pedercini Team 10
21  Fabrizio Lai Kawasaki Pedercini Team 8
22  Glenn Allerton BMW Next Gen Motorsports 6
23  Jamie Stauffer Honda Team Honda Racing 4
24  Kosuke Akiyoshi Honda PATA Honda World Superbike 2
25  Noriyuki Haga BMW Grillini Dentalmatic SBK 2
26  Mark Aitchison Ducati Team Effenbert Liberty Racing 2
Next Round: Moscow (July 21st)